Every moment indoors is a missed opportunity. Sleeping should be kept to a minimum. You're in New Zealand. Isn't there a waterfall you could be swimming under? Or a dramatic coastal scene you should be gaping at? This is why kayaks were invented. And swimming in the South Pacific. How often can you say you did that? What about bungee jumping? Okay, maybe not. But you could. There are also hot springs, geysers and mud pots to check out. And after all these activities, you know what would be perfect? A glass of wine. Done and done. Enjoy New Zealand.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
AccommodationsWhile our hotels are some of the finest in New Zealand and offer all the comforts of home as well as many modern amenities, they may not offer the level of customer service that you’re used to. The slower pace and relaxed Kiwi approach to life is reflected in the inns on this trip - they are authentic, down-to-earth and without a lot of bells and whistles.
On this Premiere Inn Trip, VR Rotorua Resort is enough on the simpler side of things that we classify it as a Casual property. It’s a wonderful spot for our activities, quite comfortable, and the nicest lodging in the immediate area - just not as fancy as the other hotels on the trip.
Days 1-2 Stroll past giant tree ferns and hanging vines to a secret valley on the Coromandel Peninsula with our Kiwi guide Enjoy a spectacular vista across the native bush and out to the Pacific as you pedal up the winding climb to Pumpkin Hill Walk to Cathedral Cove, where sculpted sandstone, beaches and beautiful bright-blue waters await.
Days 3-4 Explore traditional Maori customs with our longtime Maori friends In the lush Karangahake Gorge, cross suspension bridges and discover an old gold-mining tunnel before cooling off under a waterfall Kayak on Lake Rotoiti to a small hot spring accessible only by boat Ever fed an emu or watched sheepshearers in action? Never say never!
Days 5-6 Geysers, thermal springs, colorful silica terraces and percolating mud pots abound at Waiotapu Bike along rolling pastures to the Paeroa Range’s white cliffs The Waikite Hot Pools invite a soothing dip Amble to impressive Huka Falls If you’re feeling fearless, now’s your chance to bungee jump over the Waikato River.
Days 7-8 Mangapapa Petit Hotel, a country mansion you won't want to leave Bike through Hawke’s Bay, a wine region known for its cabernet, and stop for tastings under the shade of pines and oaks The 360-degree views of ocean and countryside from Te Mata Peak make our last hike extra thrilling.
- Bike through Hawke's Bay, where some of New Zealand's best wines are produced
- Get a taste of traditional Maori customs and foods at a marae (ceremonial meeting place)
- Stroll past prehistoric-looking giant tree ferns and hanging vines to a secret valley
- Kayak on Lake Rotoiti to a small hot spring accessible only by boat
- You won't want to leave Mangapapa Petit Hotel, a sublime country mansion
Puka Park Resort (2 nights): Settle into your private chalet at this secluded wilderness hideaway nestled among 25 acres of New Zealand bush. (pool, spa, tennis)
VR Rotorua Lake Resort (2 nights): A comfortable getaway on the shore of Lake Rotoiti. (pool, tennis)
Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo (1 night): A modern and convenient haven on the Lake Taupo waterfront. (pool, tennis)
Mangapapa Petit Hotel (2 nights): Built over a century ago, a beautifully renovated country hotel with a wraparound veranda and lush gardens. (pool, spa, tennis)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
|miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain|
|4||Kayaking||On Lake Rotoiti (3.5 Hours)|
|Other||Afternoon Farm Tour with Sheepshearing Demonstration|
|Other||Optional Bungee Jumping at Waikato River|
To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 5% dirt and 95% paved).
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 12/18-25 Price: $5498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
- 12/28-1/4 Price: $5998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
2016 Dates & Pricing*
- 1/24-31 Price: $6298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
- 2/21-28 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
- 3/13-20 Price: $5898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
- 12/17-24 Price: $5898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
- 12/28-1/4 Price: $6098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $6,298 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ.|
|8 - 9 guests from $6,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Guest Trip Reviews
It's hard to describe how wonderful and enriching this trip was. I learned more about the country of New Zealand than I ever thought possible. And the views were breathtaking. I didn't want to come home! I can't say enough about Backroads and am already anticipating my next trip!- Watertown, MA
I can't wait to take another Backroads trip. It proved to be the best way to experience a new place and be assured we're hitting the high points of each location. It is a great feeling to be taken care of and treated so well by our leaders!- St. Paul, MN
I have now finished ten trips with Backroads and continue to be overwhelmed by your formula and its superb execution by your well-trained, thoughtful, kind, friendly, knowledgeable, and most professional group of leaders. Tom, my hat is off to you and your team for all you do to make our lives a bit more enjoyable trip after trip. Here's to my first ten trips. I am very much looking forward to the next ten. Thanks for all the good times and lifelong memories created along the way.- Orinda, CA
All the local guides on the trip were exceptional. They were so well-informed and attentive to our interests.- Minneapolis, MN
I cannot find enough adjectives to describe how wonderful this trip was. Great group of people to travel with. This trip far exceeded my expectations. Will travel again with Backroads.- Littleton, CO
This was our first Backroads trip and we were very impressed with everything, the accommodations, the activities, the food, the organization and the trip leaders.- Ephrata, PA